Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Rans Rockst (Retro rocket) Rans Enduro Sport (Retro racket) Catrike 559, Merin Bear Valley (beater bike).
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$1500 CDN. How much is that in real money?
Frankly, that sounds to me to be on the high side even considering the exchange rate. You have to be careful with build kits, however, to know exactly what you are getting. That can impact the initial price quite a bit but save you in the long run by not wanting to replace stuff later. Buying a frame and build kit will usually result in a higher cost than buying a stock bike with equivlent components. You might be able to save some money by buying the components individually, but be sure that everything is the right size and works together and beware of coming down to the end and having to buy stuff like rim tape and a front derailleur for full LBS list. Sometimes you can even save some money by buying a whole new bike, transferring the components, and selling off the frame for whatever you can get.
For what it's worth, I'd charge you a dollar a spoke labor for wheel building - $32.00USD for a 32 spoke wheel. As near as I can tell, that's a pretty average price for a local shop. Honestly, you can buy decent pre-built wheels for what I have to pay for just the components.
Last edited by Retro Grouch; 01-04-05 at 09:43 AM.